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Rob R

Computers for idiot's lesson required

My PC has just stopped working & the error message suggests that it might be a disk space issue, which I've anticipated due to how many photos & films I've been putting on it. It's also steady when processing videos so what is my best course of action? I'm thinking about an external harddrive to move things over& provide a backup for the SD cards, but not sure if that's the best/most cost effective option?
dpack

1 external back up asap in case of data loss

2 once that is done we can discuss options

Laughing
Rob R

Everything is backed up that needs to be.
Hairyloon

I would shove another hard drive inside. Whether to replace the one you've got or in addition to it is up to you, unless your case is short of space.
Rob R

This is how it's looking at the moment;



The problem might be nothing to do with that, as there's some electrical storms about and it's been very warm (not that the PC itself is warm), but it's something I've been meaning to do and putting off because of cost, but if it's slowing me down, maybe the time has come to invest.
dpack

right ,data safe

get a new one or upgrade depends on how old it is and can it do what is required

upgrade can be a software thing (linux) or adding better parts to run a familiar system

extra hd/ram etc can help a lot and avoids new os issues

if the beast is worn out replacement is the best option
Rob R

It's four years old, and I have no reason to replace otherwise - I've cleared some space on a back up usb stick that was flashing red and, touch wood, it hasn't done the same thing again, with the same programmes working.
Pilsbury

We bought a 1terabyte external hard drive to put all our pics on to a) keep the pc running fast and b) keeping the pics safe.
tahir

Re: Computers for idiot's lesson required

My PC has just stopped working & the error message suggests


How exactly did it stop?

What was the error message?

Hard to advise anything without knowing. You have sufficient space.
Rob R

Re: Computers for idiot's lesson required

My PC has just stopped working & the error message suggests


How exactly did it stop?

What was the error message?

Hard to advise anything without knowing. You have sufficient space.

I was backing up Quickbooks & left the PC while it did it. When I returned the 'start pc normally' or (something like) 'check for problems' options were on a black screen. I chose the latter and it said something about the disk space possibly being an issue, on a blue screen. I shut it down and left it for a bit then came back to it and everything appears to be working fine. The only thing I've lost is the latest data on Quickbooks.
Rob R

We bought a 1terabyte external hard drive to put all our pics on to a) keep the pc running fast and b) keeping the pics safe.

Thanks. I've just taken a look and they're cheaper than I was thinking.
tahir

Re: Computers for idiot's lesson required

I was backing up Quickbooks & left the PC while it did it. When I returned the 'start pc normally' or (something like) 'check for problems' options were on a black screen. I chose the latter and it said something about the disk space possibly being an issue, on a blue screen. I shut it down and left it for a bit then came back to it and everything appears to be working fine. The only thing I've lost is the latest data on Quickbooks.

If it's done a checkdisk then it's probably fine, just make sure you keep your data backed up. If it happens again then worry about it.
Rob R

Re: Computers for idiot's lesson required

I was backing up Quickbooks & left the PC while it did it. When I returned the 'start pc normally' or (something like) 'check for problems' options were on a black screen. I chose the latter and it said something about the disk space possibly being an issue, on a blue screen. I shut it down and left it for a bit then came back to it and everything appears to be working fine. The only thing I've lost is the latest data on Quickbooks.

If it's done a checkdisk then it's probably fine, just make sure you keep your data backed up. If it happens again then worry about it.

I'm not sorried, just wndering the best way to keep the data backed up. The issue may not be the disk, but it can't be helping and I need to add more of it so it's only going to get worse.
dpack

external back up drive is a rather useful tool but a bit messy to use as a data drive.if the machine will take one adding another hd inside to act as data storage while the os runs on the original might help sgt.colon

Start, all programs, accessories, system tools, disk clean up.

Run that and let it delete all the temp files and things that come up. Temp files can build up and slow your machine down.

I suspect with the error message that came up the weather made your power dip and your machine restarted but without shutting down properly.

Remember, backup, backup, backup.
Hairyloon

A defrag might not hurt. Rob R

So, anyway, what is the best/most reliable form of extra memory? buzzy

So, anyway, what is the best/most reliable form of extra memory?

Don't age! Wink

Henry
Rob R

So, anyway, what is the best/most reliable form of extra memory?

Don't age! Wink

Henry

Laughing Well, obviously eating lots of grassfed meat is the way to achieve that. Smile
dpack

So, anyway, what is the best/most reliable form of extra memory?

external hard drive ,most have an auto backup setting if you plug it in to a usb port or they can be used just for storing data(rather than the os and the data)

a tb is a reasonable size and not too expensive

extra ram can be got and plugged into the motherboard with nowt but a screwdriver to open the case(this needs to be compatible with the machine,external drives tend to be universally compatible

i dont know much about external solid state drives except you get less storage per and they are very fast which is useful if using it as part of the machine rather than just for extra space.

if the machine has space for another drive inside it it needs a little setting of jumpers and some commands for the os to get one drive to hold the os and the other holds data
Hairyloon

I cannot see much sense to a solid state external drive with a normal internal drive: better to put the SSD inside the box.
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